Ruby Valley Trek is a recently opened trek near Kathmandu. The Ruby Valley lies between the Manaslu Conservation Area and Langtang National Park. The Valley is known as the Ruby Valley because the Ganesh Himal region, where you will be trekking contains deposits of gemstone ruby.
The Ruby Valley Trek is an interesting trek, as the trail is filled with dense forest, with rhododendron pine and oak trees. Enjoy the panoramic view of the snow-covered
Mountains including Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Manaslu. This region is almost entirely inhabited by the Tamangs and Gurungs who predominantly practice Buddhism as their primary religion. The cultures and traditions of these communities are fascinating as we will get to know about their lifestyle. In addition to its rich cultural heritage, Nepal offers breathtaking vistas of majestic mountains, including Ganesh Himal (7,422m), Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Boudha Himal (6,692m), and a multitude of other awe-inspiring peaks.
Embarking on this remarkable journey commences with a lengthy seven to nine-hour drive from Kathmandu, tracing the path alongside the picturesque Trishuli River. Our expedition takes off from Syabrubensi, aptly recognized as the gateway to the Langtang Valley, serving as our initial destination en route to Gatlang. Already at this stage, the unmistakable Buddhist influence of the Tamang and Gurung communities becomes apparent, enriching our cultural immersion.
The mountain range of Ruby Valley trek
Progressing further, we traverse toward Somdang, where the landscape unfolds in all its glory, revealing a tapestry of terrains, lush meadows, and captivating vistas. Our ascent culminates with the exhilarating traverse through the awe-inspiring Pangsang Pass, standing proudly at an elevation of 3,842 meters (12,604 feet). Venturing through enchanting rhododendron forests, we eventually arrive at the charming Tamang settlement of Tipling village (2,087m), cocooned by Buddhist monasteries and adorned with fluttering prayer flags.
Our expedition then leads us to Chalish Gaon, a place where we pause for a day of acclimatization and exploration. Chalish is renowned for its sacred natural hot spring, and we have the privilege of witnessing a traditional cultural performance by the local inhabitants, adding a delightful cultural dimension to our adventure.
Following an eventful evening in Chalish, we continue our trek to Borang, traversing numerous suspension bridges, encountering enchanting waterfalls, and navigating through striking gorges, culminating our journey at Dundre Khola. The subsequent day heralds our return journey to Kathmandu via convenient transportation. This uncharted trekking route offers a unique opportunity to explore the remote corners of Nepal, promising an enriching experience for intrepid travelers.
Best Seasons for the Ruby Valley Trek
The Ruby Valley Trek in Nepal is best enjoyed during the following seasons:
Spring(March to May)– Spring is one of the most popular times for trekking in the Ruby Valley. The stable weather conditions, excellent visibility, and moderate temperatures make spring a suitable season for trekking. The flowers and forests bloom, creating a colorful and picturesque landscape.
Autumn(September to November)– Autumn is another season that is considered ideal for the Ruby Valley Trek. The weather is generally clear and dry, offering stunning views of the mountains. The clear skies and comfortable temperatures, make it an excellent season for trekking.
Permits Required for Ruby Valley Trek
To embark on Ruby Valley Trek, trekkers need a TIMS card and a Langtang National Park entrance permit.
TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card: The TIMS card serves as an invaluable document that not only ensures your safety but also helps in monitoring and facilitating trekkers in the region.
Langtang National Park Entrance Permit: As you venture deeper into the enchanting Langtang National Park, this permit is your key to unlocking the natural treasures within. Our dedicated team will take care of obtaining this permit, allowing you to focus solely on relishing the awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural encounters along the way.
DAY 1: Arrival In Kathmandu
DAY 2: Kathmandu-Syabrubesi (1,420m/4,655ft)
DAY 3: Syabrubensi-Gatlang (2,240m/7,355ft)
DAY 4: Gatlang-Somdang (3,270m/10,765ft)
DAY 5: Somdang-Tipling (1,875m/6,190ft) via Pangsang Kharka Pass (3,845m/12,645ft)
DAY 6: Tipling-Chalish Gaon (1,800m/5,960ft)
DAY 7: Acclimatization Day at Chalish Gaon
DAY 8: Chalish-Borang (1,700m/2,296ft) drive to Dhading Besi (580m/1,902ft)
DAY 9: Dhading Besi-Kathmandu (1,310m/4,323ft)
DAY 10: Departure
3,845 meters (12,645 feet)
Hotel & tea house/lodge
All meals during the trek
Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Gatlang-Somdang-Tipling-Chalish Gaon-Borang-Dhading Besi- Kathmandu
The Ruby Valley Trek offers an enchanting journey through the heart of Nepal’s picturesque landscapes and traditional Tamang and Gurung communities. Commencing with your arrival in Kathmandu, the trek takes you on an exhilarating adventure that spans over 10 days. Starting from Syabrubensi, you’ll gradually ascend to Gatlang, where the cultural tapestry of the region begins to unfold. As you progress, you’ll reach the charming Somdang, perched at an altitude of 3,270 meters, and then make your way to Tipling via the breathtaking Pangsang Kharka Pass. The journey continues through the rustic beauty of Chalish Gaon, where you’ll take a day to acclimatize and experience the local culture. Afterward, a drive to Dhading Besi marks the final leg of the trek, offering a glimpse of diverse landscapes. Finally, you’ll return to Kathmandu, with cherished memories of the Ruby Valley’s stunning vistas, warm hospitality, and cultural richness. This trek encapsulates the essence of Nepal’s natural beauty and cultural heritage, making it an unforgettable experience for adventurous souls.
- Encounter traditional Tamang and Gurung villages along the trail.
- Challenging ascent to Pangsang Kharka Pass, which lies at an altitude of 3,845 meters/12,645ft.
- Visit Tipling, a picturesque Tamang village with Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags.
- Experience the sacred hot spring in Chalish Gaon.
- Ruby mines in the mountains.